Pathways to Entrepreneurial Growth

Business ownership can help people become financially independent, support job growth and strengthen local economies. But ending systemic wealth inequality is not a simple task. Building wealth from within our communities for generations requires resources and education in business planning, financial literacy, access to safe capital and much more.

Small Business Majority has partnered with Rogers Park Business Alliance and New Covenant Community Development Corporation to offer a series of free workshops to help entrepreneurs start and grow a thriving business. Entrepreneurs can attend any session but are encouraged to complete all four parts of the Pathways program. 

Workshops in the series:

Part 1: Know the Landscape

The Cost to be the Boss

By Shaniqua Ford, LCSW of Soul Werk Cafe

This workshop will offer attendees practical tools and resources to strengthen and maintain psychological fortitude and emotional wellbeing throughout the entrepreneurial journey. We will also explore common mental health challenges experienced by entrepreneurs. 

Part 2: Create a Plan for Success

Small Business Boot Camp

By Small Business Majority

This two-hour training will help business owners understand the foundations of business planning and provide tools to help create a business plan. This comprehensive overview will teach entrepreneurs how to create a start-up business plan, manage business and personal credit, and find funding. Those who complete the bootcamp and receive a certificate will be accepted into the GROW/Progresando class beginning April 12. 

Part 3: Test, Plan and GROW Your Business


By Rogers Park Business Alliance

This 10-session entrepreneurial training program will help you develop a comprehensive and implementable plan that's right for your business. Rogers Park Business Alliance provides services and training in English and Spanish. Those who complete the program and receive a certificate will be accepted into the Financial Dashboard Cohort.

​Date/Time: Wednesdays from April 12 to June 14, 2023 at 6:00pm CT
Location: Hybrid (in-person and virtual)
Length: 10 weekly sessions

Part 4: Strengthen Your Financial Knowledge

Financial Business Dashboard

By New Covenant CDC

Financial Business Dashboard is an 8-session cohort based training program that teaches business owners how to improve their financial literacy. Attend this training module to learn financial terms, manage your cash flow, develop financial plans and more.

Date/Time: (TBD)
Location: (TBD)
Length: 8 weekly sessions


With questions, contact Tasha Brown at [email protected].